[BANGUED] Downtown Bangued with Sleeping Beauty Mountain (Background)
[BANGUED] Abra Provincial Capitol
On my walk along the streets of #BANGUED
#BANGUEDFAST FACTS: Bangued is the capital of Abra province. Majority of the people are Ilocanos. Bangued is a bustling town located at the Abra Valley.
PHOTO: Sapilang Falls in Brgy Sagap, the capital of the province, I actually didn't feel a warm welcome from the people maybe because I am just paranoid about the warnings of my parents and the news I was hearing on radio and television.
But per experience, I knew it is safe here, just get rid of anything that is related to politics and be sure to don't act as if you are high and mighty, you might be misinterpreted. Make it sure also that you look friendly and lastly, don't make any enemy here. I don't recommend you to visit Abra immediately before, during and after election and during campaign period.
[VILLAVICIOSA] Kimkimay Lake in Brgy Tuquib of Villaviciosa Town
But just to test how the locals can assist tourists and travelers in exploring their province, I was just disappointed that from the 5 strangers I asked, no one of them can recommend a place to visit and have fun.
[LICUAN-BAAY] Wilawil Falls in Baay
A town called Tineg is the least accessible that it becomes allegedly a dwelling place for the leftist group NPA.
Some news reporters and military people reach the town using choppers while the locals spend a day or two in returning home from Bangued using horses, not vehicles - due to the absence of good roads to the most remote communities.
[TINEG] The undiscovered beauty of Tineg town
However, the shallow portions of this interior town located deep in the mountains of Abra can be accessed by land in either muddy or dusty rough road.
[BANGUED] Inside the Abra Capitol
At the third floor of the Capitol, I was aback to see military people inside a public building and it created paranoia at the tip of my hypothalamus.
[BANGUED] Municipal Hall of the capital town
CORDILLERAFAST FACTS: This is Northern Philippines' mountainous region composed of 6 provinces with numerous tribes, sub-tribes, dialects, distinct culture and heritage. The provinces included are Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province
PHOTO: Lang-ay Festival in Bontoc, Mt Province: A gathering of all tribes of the province. (CAR).
[DAGUIOMAN] Rice fields of Daguioman town in Abra
MOUNTAIN PROVINCEFAST FACTS: This province is known for the cave connections and hanging coffins of Sagada, the burial caves and rice terraces of Bontoc and for being a center of a vibrant Igorot culture and heritage.
PHOTO: A marker at Mount Polis, near the boundary of Mt Province and Ifugao draining to the West Philippine Sea via the towns of #BANTAY
#BANTAYFAST FACTS: Bantay is home to the Bantay Belfry built in 1519 where several TV show and movie scenes have been taken.
PHOTO: Old Quirino Bridge in Banaoang: This bridge used to connect Bantay to the rest of the south. It's no longer in use. A new bridge has been built to replace it. and #SANTA
#SANTAFAST FACTS: This coastal town located at the Abra River delta is believed to be the birthplace of Gabriela Silang, a revolutionary Filipina fighter during the great World War..
PHOTO: Church of Sta Catalina de Alexandria in ILOCOS SUR
ILOCOS SURFAST FACTS: This province has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - the Sta. Maria Church and the Heritage City of Vigan.
PHOTO: Pinsal Falls (taken during dry season): Said to be the largest in Ilocos Region..
Abra has an extremely rugged terrain with mountains and hills rising along its perimeter and interior.
[TUBO] Old women of the Maeng Tribe of Tubo with colorful hair beads
[MANABO] Young generation of Muyadan Tribe in Manabo town
[DAGUIOMAN] With me is an elder of the Banao Tribe of Daguioman
[MALIBCONG] Photo-opp with a golden couple of the Banao Tribe
[TINEG] Said to be the Cordillera's murder capital
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